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Russian as a way to keep in touch with the homeland

Language is the only way to keep in touch with the homeland. Without knowing the language, it is impossible to understand the thinking of compatriots, to read books, watch movies, and communicate. But do our children need it? Here are 5 statements that the Russian language is an effective way to keep in touch with the motherland:

1. Speaking Russian, children learn their native culture. At Palme School, teachers always cite animals, plants, landmarks, and holidays that are found in Russia. This means that by learning the language a child is already absorbing a part of their native culture.
2. By learning Russian, children adopt a different way of thinking. We wrote a lot about this before. The features of language are reflected in thinking and vice versa. So if your child learns not only English or Canadian, but also Russian, he or she will be able to think more broadly, find ways out of different life situations in different ways, and much more effectively. This means that your child will be more successful than those children who only know one language.
3. Speaking Russian, children keep in touch with their relatives. They Skype or messenger with grandparents, uncles, and aunts, talk about their news, and receive praise and admiration from relatives. This builds self-esteem and nurtures a sense of affection for family members.
4. Knowing Russian allows you to come to your homeland and make contacts. It doesn't matter what reason someone wants to come to Russia - out of curiosity, to communicate with relatives, to study culture or business. If you know the language, you can achieve all kinds of goals.
5. Thanks to the connection with the homeland, children will always be supported. The Russian breadth of soul and hospitality, the capacity for compassion, the attitude "we do not abandon our own" will always be helpful.

Dovlatov wrote that in America men call their therapist at 2 a.m. Russians, on the other hand, always call their friends or relatives to talk and get help, support, or sympathy. If a child knows Russian and keeps in touch with their family, they will never be alone.